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Meaning of “chug” elbow gesture

In Adjustment bureau a reporter tells a young Senate candidate: Whenever I see you on C-SPAN, I always think you're about to go: "Chug!" and lifts his elbow up to his shoulder. What does he mean?
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An Adjective for being happy vs an adjective to being happy

I am wondering which one of those are right in the case of the given dialogue or if both of them are so but with a slight difference in meaning. It's an Adjective for being happy. It's an adjective ...
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She still isn't feeling very well / still doesn't feel very well

I came across the following sentences: Amanda broke her leg last week. She still isn't feeling very well. Amanda broke her leg last week. She still doesn't feel very well. Can you tell ...
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Adverbial Phrase?

Apologies for the long question. I will request if someone can please answer this thoroughly as it will help me put a lot of pieces of grammatical puzzle together. If possible, please answer only ...
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Why sentences are made short?

Sentence: "The work that has been done by you is useful". I have seen this whole sentence written as " The work done by you is useful ". Why writers remove "that has been" and only retain "done" ? ...
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Planning to give a gift from team to a team mate [on hold]

Is the below sentence correct. Planning to present Mary for her wedding. Educate me if I am wrong.
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Which one is the best for this exercise and why

We should answer “Yes” first to the question “May/Can I help you?”, right? So I think the answer is B. Am I right?
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Usage of “Want someone to do something” in relative

Should i use pronoun “him” before “ to win “secondly in relative clauses in sentence below ? “ The man who i want to win award “.
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To (have / take) a swim

1. I'm going for a swim. 2. I'm going to have a swim. 3. I'm going to take a swim. Are the last two sentences correct? I know the first one is, but what about the last two? I know that you can use '...
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“expand operations” VS “expand business”

The company is preparing to expand operations. The company is preparing to expand business. In my translated dictionary, operation and buiness overlap in certain meanings. I want to know ...
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How to understand “you've had it bad” in this context?

‘Personally, I'd have welcomed a dementor attack. A deadly struggle for my soul would have broken the monotony nicely. You think you've had it bad, at least you've been able to get out and about, ...
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He is asked me to dinner. Is the sentence right?

He is asked me to dinner. He is asking me to dinner. The first sentence come from a native speaker of English. Is it correct? What is the difference between the meaning what it expressed and the ...
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`Get into a flap` - is it correct?

I've found a lot of examples of expression "Get in a flap" but in my coursebook the expression is said with "into" instead of "in". Are those prepositions interchangeable or is that an error in the ...
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Is “Hardly…when” an idiom?

I know that if I start my sentence with an adverb such as hardly I must invert the subject and the verb,but do I really need to use only "when" afterwards?.For instance,is Hardly had I entered ...
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What does “stretch up” mean?

Here is the context: If you have to stretch up to get the belt’s prong in that last hole, you will be less able to exert pressure with your own abdominal musculature, since it must be contracted to ...
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Structure of the “close by that”

What are the structure and meaning of the following bolded phrase? I have a problem with understanding of the two phrases meaning where are connected together, "fairly close by" and "flattened out ...
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“you can” vs “you cannot” How to understanding? What is difference?

When I try accept my answer, I seen a prompt: You can accept your own answer in 2 days This sentence make sense to me as miswritten for: You cannot accept your own answer in 2 days I post ...
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Adverbs of place, agents and adverbs of time in passive voice

Could you explain to me this grammar point, please? Active voice: "Someone cleans the room every day." Passive voice: a. The room is cleaned by someone every day b. The room is cleaned every day by ...
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who it is and what it is

I wonder what this is: who it is and what it is. Does it mean whoever it is and whatever it is? And I don't understand how this is translated : “With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what ...
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Difference between 'it is better' and 'it will be better' or it would have been better

In my office I wrote an application part of which reads'it is better if you take a look at my loan papers' This happened twice. are the sentences incorrect? I could have written'It will be better/it ...
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Why sometimes it is correct not to put a comma after an if-clause?

There is a recommendation to put a comma after an if-clause which is placed at the beginning of a sentence. For example: If there was the time when songs like this were not needed, I would not live ...
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omitting ''as to''

in some sentences it is possible to omit ''As to'' For example; A1)He was uncertain as to which road to take. But , in some sentences it can not be omitted EX; B1)There's no decision as to when the ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “clamp down” in cotext

Here it goes: When you clamp down to hold your breath and tighten your trunk muscles, you create a pressure gradient between the inside and the outside.
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How to connect the sentences?

Is this sentence correct? I am hesitant about the part of as a protein source - is it in the right place in the sentence? And also about the production of which - How should i connect the ...
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What does “Twist someone's arm” mean? [on hold]

It means kinds of persuade or force somebody to do something ? Could somebody explain this? Thank you!
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Detecting error in a sentence

There was a sentence and I had to detect the error in it. The sentence read Entrance exams for the posts of associate professors will begin from Tuesday Its answer was ---- instead of posts, post is ...
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At/ on the point of leaving

I came across this: The phone rang when Tom was on the point of leaving. As I usually use "at the point of leaving", are both possible?
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Relationship between art and advertising in the passage [on hold]

What is the meaningful relationship between art and advertising in the following excerpt? She attended art school but was told by one of her instructors that she was not good at illustration, ...
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What is the meaning of “guide” in “if the number of demands for implementing reforms is any guide”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was: If the number of demands for implementing reforms is any guide, India's reservation system is clearly in disarray. How do both parts of sentence relate ...
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I'd like to be more polite in this situation: say 'I will go for sure'

I am an international student who just came to this country. I always worried about writing emails to my professors, because I think my English is rude. I would like to be more polite, for example, I ...
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Whether the sentence is the inversion type or not?

I ran across a sentence from the magazine 'Esquire' through the internet. I'd like to know whether the sentence is the inversion type or not. Always does he throw the disorder into everything he ...
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as she was or as was she?

I'd like to know whether "as was she" is correct in the following: Peter was aware of the problem, as was she / as she was. I'd appreciate your help.
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“Water cooler” meaning here?

Excerpted from THE RINGER of a news about Netflix: Why watch something live for the sake of a water cooler that doesn’t exist anymore when you know you can simply wait it out and take a show in on ...
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which sentence is correct given below? [on hold]

S1: Graduate with Physics as one of the subjects in each year. Or it should be S2: Graduate with physics as of the subject in each year.
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Grammatical role and meaning of “looking that”

What are the grammatical role and meaning of the "looking that" in the following sentences?: One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will ...
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Usage of Would in Politer Way

Now I'm writing my review of a product, and I'm not sure if I use would, it sounds politer. I've just used the speaker, but I wouldn't say it's the best. If I use “would” here like the above, ...
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What is it called when someone acts one way then acts another way in front of someone else and gets you in trouble?

My sister has made me mad so many times by not saying or doing something alone with me but then goes and says it to me in front of my parents, and I have been getting in trouble for it.
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Explain this conditional sentence

If I were taller, I would not buy those heels. Does this mean I still have the opportunity to get tall and if I become tall in near future, I will not buy heels? Or have I already bought the heels ...
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Verb Endings. When to add 's' to a verb

Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th. Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track
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Organisation or organisational skills

Is it more correct or appropriate to say: "I have strong organisation skills" OR "I have strong organisational skills"?
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Economy or Economics, this is the question!

In the following sentence, which word should I use? My favorite topics to talk about include politics and economy(or economics).
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Left vs. left from

I was under the impression that “left” and “left from” have very different meanings – for example, we can say: “The car left the garage an hour ago” Or “A pile of rubble is all that’s left from ...
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'Merry of soul', part of a sentence in one of Stevenson's poems: is it grammatically correct and why?

'Merry of soul' I came across that phrase in a song called 'skye boat song', I have also learned that it's a quote from one of Stevenson's poems. I understand that merry is an adjecctive that means ...
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The relation between direct and indirect speech

‘Mary, I want to take you out to dinner,’ he had lied, to break the frost. I would like to know what is the syntactic relation between the direct and indirect speech - whether there is any kind of ...
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Form a circle line? (Verb)

Let's say a primary school teacher is going to tell a story. But before she starts, she is asking her students to: form a circle line surrounding her (like this one in the picture) What is a ...
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Using “a” or not before a disease name

Which sentence is correct: He has a poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. He has poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.
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When to put a comma before “and”? [closed]

I can't really understand when to use and and when to use , and. Any help would be appreciated.
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movement meaning in the context

The word "movement" has many definitions in the dictionary. Which of them is proper in the following sentence? So you've probably studied both of these movements separately, separate movements, ...
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There was no/not a/not any

What is the difference between there was no, there was not a and there was not any?  Yesterday I visited a very undevelopped area in my tour of Africa. I rented a room in a hotel there. The hotel ...
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'where is there a' vs 'where is the'

There are two sentences: 'Where is the restroom?' and 'Where is there a parking lot?' My question is: are 'Where is there a restroom?' and 'Where is the parking lot?' also okay? If not ok, then why ...

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